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Orangutans To Skype Between Zoos With iPads

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the 2011-in-a-nutshell dept.

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MrSeb writes "For the last six months, orangutans — those great, hairy, orange apes that go 'ook' a lot — at Milwaukee Zoo have been playing games and watching videos on Apple's iPad, but now their keepers and the charity Orangutan Outreach want to go one step further and enable ape-to-ape video chat via Skype or FaceTime. 'The orangutans loved seeing videos of themselves — so there is a little vanity going on — and they like seeing videos of the orangutans who are in the other end of the enclosure,' Richard Zimmerman of Orangutan Outreach said. 'So if we incorporate cameras, they can watch each other.' And thus the idea of WiFi video chat between orangutans — and eventually between zoos — was born. It might seem like folly, but putting (ruggedized!) iPads into the hands of apes could really revolutionize our understanding of great ape behavior."

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Sexting... (4, Funny)

j35ter (895427) | more than 2 years ago | (#38541870)

Yay :)

Re:Sexting... (5, Funny)

similar_name (1164087) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542208)

Is there an ape store?

Re:Sexting... (5, Funny)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542360)

Is there an ape store?

Yes. There's an ape for that.

It's so simple an ape can use it (4, Insightful)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 2 years ago | (#38541880)

Let's put it in schools!

Sorry, I just had to. Still, the fact that we have software that is simple enough for apes to use probably means that we crossed a usability threshold at some point in the past few years. Apes have similar psychology and brain structures to humans (this should make sense) so we seem to have discovered more "natural" computer interfaces.

Re:It's so simple an ape can use it (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38541964)

I think you might be going a little far here. If you watch the video, the apps they can actually use are things like "touch the screen and it changes color". And it's not like they can actually launch an app themselves, or pick a video and watch it. They're not about to open up a Skype phonebook and say "I want to call Ookokook", the trainer would has to do everything and then hold it up for them.

Re:It's so simple an ape can use it (4, Interesting)

The Pirou (1551493) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542134)

I think you might be going a little far here. If you watch the video, the apps they can actually use are things like "touch the screen and it changes color". And it's not like they can actually launch an app themselves, or pick a video and watch it. They're not about to open up a Skype phonebook and say "I want to call Ookokook", the trainer would has to do everything and then hold it up for them.

Just because these particular Orangutans haven't learned (or might not have the capacity) how to properly utilize an iPad in the way that humanity has, doesn't mean that given the opportunity and the funding of such research in regards to apes that such walls can't eventually be torn down.

It is a relatively simple process to program apps and change the icons of apps to lexigrams geared towards apes, and I find the idea of giving apes like Kanzi, as well as other apes that have worked extensively with primatologists, exposure to such technology as worthy enough to hold sufficient merit.

Much like learning a foreign language, if we teach all these exposed and inclined apes the same 'words' it isn't a huge leap to believe that in a few generations it could manifest itself as something that is passed on within the confines of each society of apes from generation to generation.

Even across species Kanzi the Bonobo picked up some ASL from watching videos of Koko the Gorilla. With a little determination on our part, this could be the start of something much greater.

Humans came up the hard way, but that doesn't mean that apes have to go that route.

Hmm... (1, Troll)

denzacar (181829) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542330)

Can't tell if serious... [memegenerator.net]

Re:Hmm... (4, Funny)

xMrFishx (1956084) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542396)

Can't tell if serious... [memegenerator.net]

or just monkeying around.

To my downmodder... (5, Informative)

denzacar (181829) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542600)

Please read the following part of the parent post out loud and tell me it isn't even a tiny bit ambiguous.

It is a relatively simple process to program apps and change the icons of apps to lexigrams geared towards apes, and I find the idea of giving apes like Kanzi, as well as other apes that have worked extensively with primatologists, exposure to such technology as worthy enough to hold sufficient merit.

Much like learning a foreign language, if we teach all these exposed and inclined apes the same 'words' it isn't a huge leap to believe that in a few generations it could manifest itself as something that is passed on within the confines of each society of apes from generation to generation.

Even across species Kanzi the Bonobo picked up some ASL from watching videos of Koko the Gorilla. With a little determination on our part, this could be the start of something much greater.

Humans came up the hard way, but that doesn't mean that apes have to go that route.

Just to clarify, paragraphs above include:
- proposal for development of software, GUI and an alphabet aimed at apes.
- describing equipping apes with 21st century entertainment technology as "worthy enough to hold sufficient merit".
- inventing an "ape Esperanto", teaching it to apes - hoping it will catch on as their Lingua Simia,
- the following line: "Kanzi the Bonobo picked up some ASL from watching videos of Koko the Gorilla".
- and finally, suggestion that apes SHOULD aim for some not clearly defined position (Evolutionary? Cultural? Civilizational? Consumerist? Political?...) which is currently being occupied by humans.

Re:Hmm... (2)

The Pirou (1551493) | more than 2 years ago | (#38543334)

Can't tell if serious... [memegenerator.net]

I'm serious enough that I'd vote for a 1 cent county tax to give more money to the local primate center down the street from my house (Yerkes NPRC) and vote against taxes aimed at giving money to the children/schools in Dekalb County. Too bad life and policy doesn't behave that way where I live, but I digress.

Allegedly Kanzi understands hundreds of lexigraphs, as well several thousand English words including complex sentences and embedded clauses. While some nay-sayers (often supported only by their religious dogma) still choose to believe that ape thought process and responses are merely tricks, Kanzi and other great apes over the last 40 years have demonstrated in numerous instances that they are thinking complex thoughts, expressing themselves cogently via the language "we've" taught them. In some cases it has been as simple as expressing the fact that they want to play with a particular toy, only to show regret through lexigraphs and signage at a later point in time that the play time they were told was going to happen was overlooked.

I don't profess to understand the minutiae that follows the progression of learning in non humans, but anyone who has ever even paid the slightest bit of attention to their own pets at home can relate to the fact animals aren't dumb. I've seen dogs that can identify over 200 independent items, fetch beer from the fridge, and many other simple tasks. Given the similar brain structure and opposable thumbs, if you put great apes into a safe, and more enriched learning environment than humanity had as we've evolved to this point, it is not entirely unreasonable to expect that adaption can occur.

Of course that would devolve into a whole new set of problems as we tried to get people in other countries to stop hunting apes for bush meat, secret remedies, sport and what have you. New debates would spring up regarding whether they qualified for the same rights and protections as humans, whether keeping apes in zoos is slavery, etc.

I'm not saying that I'm praying for the day we can communicate with horseshoe crabs, gila monsters and amoeba, but given our successes in the last 40 years in working with various apes I think we would be remiss if we didn't put more focus on trying to develop educational methods geared towards communication and structured learning.

P.S. - Let's end racism while we're at it. It's a win-win.

Re:It's so simple an ape can use it (1)

fotoguzzi (230256) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542576)

ASL.... I thought for a moment that you were referring to A/S/L.

Re:It's so simple an ape can use it (2)

blind monkey 3 (773904) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542580)

They're not about to open up a Skype phonebook and say "I want to call Ookokook", the trainer would has to do everything and then hold it up for them.

Especially since Ookokook unfriended him on Facebook....

You're right, they need constant supervision with the tablets, they are not allowed to even hold the tablets. Imo it sounds much like the great revellation that Orangutans enjoy watching TV [deseretnews.com] last year.

I was also taken aback by the sight of the primates penned up in such small cages - it looked worse than the cages used in Rise Of the Planet Of The Apes.

Re:It's so simple an ape can use it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542966)

Just like a typical human ipad customer. classic.

Re:It's so simple an ape can use it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38543524)

Yeah, but they've gotten really good at Angry Birds...

Re:It's so simple an ape can use it (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542104)

Let's put it in schools!

I don't think the lower primates are ready for it yet.

Re:It's so simple an ape can use it (5, Funny)

Kenja (541830) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542224)

Have you not heard? We fixed all the schools already. Children are no longer hungry and the economy is going great. Now we can dedicate all our resources to getting monkeys to use Twitter.

So... (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 2 years ago | (#38541890)

So it's just like human behavior. Spend some time looking at themselves, then doing a video chat with someone they could just go over and talk to. If anything, they're ahead of humans just because they don't take pictures at MySpace angles.

Re:So... (3, Funny)

Corbets (169101) | more than 2 years ago | (#38541952)

So it's just like human behavior. Spend some time looking at themselves, then doing a video chat with someone they could just go over and talk to. If anything, they're ahead of humans just because they don't take pictures at MySpace angles.

What? No teenage chimps taking self portraits from above as they eat a banana? What do the dirt old orangutans do with all their free time, then?

[Oblig] Rise of... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38541914)

Planet of the Apes!

Re:[Oblig] Rise of... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542108)

I for one welcome our crap-flinging overlords.

Re:[Oblig] Rise of... (2)

CyberSaint (1376273) | more than 2 years ago | (#38543208)

What does Washington have to do with this?

Re:[Oblig] Rise of... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38543306)

The Chimp already served his maximum two terms, Bright Eyes.

Cue, apple hate jokes in.... (0)

spaceplanesfan (2120596) | more than 2 years ago | (#38541918)

BTW, I hate them too.

Re:Cue, apple hate jokes in.... (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542034)

I think this discussion should be worried about the potential for racist comments rather than the homophobic as you suggested. The biggest clue to this is the word "ook" being used in the summary.

The scientific potential in this is that researchers could learn to understand and quantify the simplicity of the behaviors which lead to the more complex. It brings us back into the days of Jane Goodall, [janegoodall.org] Koko the gorilla, [koko.org] and the Save the Gay Whales [imdb.com] campaigns of our childhoods.

Re:Cue, apple hate jokes in.... (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542198)

Google is racist! When you look up the Google translate for chango, [google.com] it translates it to English as chango.

But when you Google translate chango negro, [google.com] , it translates to black monkey. Google are in on the Hispanic racial slurs!

Re:Cue, apple hate jokes in.... (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542202)

do tell, how did he suggest homophobic? Something on your mind?

Re:Cue, apple hate jokes in.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542658)

He was specifically referring to apply hate. Apple fans are fags. Hence apple hate discussions are homophobic.

Re:Cue, apple hate jokes in.... (1)

I Read Good (2348294) | more than 2 years ago | (#38543294)

WOOSHHHHHH

Re:Cue, apple hate jokes in.... (1)

PlastikMissle (2498382) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542236)

I don't know how you how you got homophobic from that, but "Ook" is a reference to the Librarian [wikipedia.org] from the Discworld books. A (human) librarian of a magic library who got turned into an orangutan after a magical accident. He say "Ook!" a lot.

Old news, /. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38541926)

My mother-in-law already uses Skype!

Or it might enable them. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38541950)

I saw that movie. Giving them comunicationtools s dangerous.

Plus if it goes wrong then the aliens could be really upset with us.

I thought my ChatRoulette sessions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38541980)

were getting weird lately. I thought they looked like orangutans but they nexted me before I could get a good look.

so this is what will be the true origins of... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38541988)

...the rise of the planet of the apes!

Thanks a lot iPad! /someone-had-to-point-it-out

As much as I hate all things Apple (3, Informative)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542010)

I must admit that the IPAD has been a boon to the low-functioning autistic community. If human beings without speech can use the IPAD to talk, why not apes?

Re:As much as I hate all things Apple (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542324)

All the autistic-directed software I've seen seems to have parents/facilitators guiding a kid's hand ouija board style, or if not guiding their hand, holding the ipad from behind and shifting the screen so they press a proper button.

Do you have any video clips of an autistic child using an ipad laying on the floor or holding the ipad themselves and typing out sentences without any sort of guidance? I'd love to see a demo of the child using the software to answer a question where the facilitator/parent doesn't know the answer themselves.

Re:As much as I hate all things Apple (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542938)

I know a young autistic man- age 22- 3 verbal words in his vocabulary- who uses a PICS-to-Speech synthesizer program on his IPAD to communicate. I don't have any video of him however. I will try to remember, next time I see him, to take some on my phone and upload to Youtube for the next time this debate comes up.

He's like my special needs son- "facilitating" him on his pad would be impossible, unless all you want him to click is "no dad". Heck, at 22, he's larger and more muscular than his father- getting him to do ANYTHING he doesn't want to do is next to impossible.

TYPING, on the other hand, I largely agree with you. PICS to speech is easy, especially for those who have already been using the cardboard version of PICS in school - tap on the little picture and it says a word. Tap on the lunch folder, then the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, then the glass of milk, and the computer says "Lunch SandwichPBJ Milk". Makes for awfully choppy sentences, usually full of nouns with few verbs. My special needs son, when he types, what he types has even less meaning in English than what he says.

It's not much good beyond "what do you want for lunch?" type questions. And it's NOT going to "unlock hidden creativity".

Re:As much as I hate all things Apple (1)

masmullin (1479239) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542902)

Sorry, did you just make the argument that autistic people are little more than apes?

Re:As much as I hate all things Apple (3, Insightful)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 2 years ago | (#38543014)

Actually, I'm autistic myself, high functioning. But I'd say all homo sapiens are little more than apes- about 4% of our DNA is different. Part of that 4% is the power of verbal coherent speech, so yes, low functioning autistics are a bit closer to apes than the rest of humanity, in that neither apes nor low functioning autistics have verbal speech ability.
Much has been proven that apes are a LOT closer to us than some people would like to believe.

Re:As much as I hate all things Apple (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 2 years ago | (#38543064)

Oh, and I can binary finger AND thumb count to one thousand twenty three. Why do you stop at one hundred thirty two instead of two hundred fifty five? That's only 10000100!

Wait, those aren't orangutans . . . ! (3, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542016)

That's just the "Occupy Zoo!" crowd!

Re:Wait, those aren't orangutans . . . ! (3, Interesting)

cosm (1072588) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542060)

That's just the "Occupy Zoo!" crowd!

The sad corollary being the zookeepers are probably more democratic and humane to their animals than our dearest politicians are to their constituents.

Re:Wait, those aren't orangutans . . . ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38543576)

Free food and healthcare; but only if you're in prison. I'd say it's about equal.

Re:Wait, those aren't orangutans . . . ! (1)

drainbramage (588291) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542196)

Then how do you explain the crap-flinging?

Re:Wait, those aren't orangutans . . . ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542706)

crap flinging is just the SOP for the GOP.

I saw this movie... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542018)

It didn't end well for us.

Oh dear .. (1)

n5vb (587569) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542028)

.. did we not learn our lesson from Rise of the Planet of the Apes?

Apes (1)

bwoneill (1973028) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542036)

Don't call them monkeys or they'll go Librarian-poo.

Ape to Ape Skype Fapping (1)

Jackie_Chan_Fan (730745) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542050)

Nothing hotter than ape to ape Skype fapping

Re:Ape to Ape Skype Fapping (1)

pbjones (315127) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542778)

or is that Skape?

Next Step... (1)

Milvuss (1417689) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542056)

They will go work in libraries.

Understanding of Apes... (5, Funny)

BoRegardless (721219) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542066)

"Putting iPads into the hands of apes could really revolutionize our understanding of great ape behavior."

Thought we did that in a lot of legislative bodies already...

Re:Understanding of Apes... (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542346)

Now the Orangs are going to spend all their time playing Angry Birds!

Re:Understanding of Apes... (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542624)

Donkey Kong! They really should have an app for that if they do this!

Quiet! (2)

hAckz0r (989977) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542756)

"Thought we did that in a lot of legislative bodies already...

Pssst, i realize that was a pun, but don't make *that* kind of comparison in public! or things will start to get very strange around here.

If the public realizes that the Orangutans can catch onto technology much faster than the current legislature, then the Orangutans will be brought in to run the country much more efficiently, and for just bananas. (I tapped into their skype network, and I have personal knowledge that the Orangutans are already plotting against SOPA, and are intending to vote it down quickly to put the bill out of its misery once and for all.)

Once the Orangutans get their seat of power they will likely bring in the Gorillas for security enforcement details, and the next thing you know we have a live Planet Of The Apes situation going on! There will be pandemonium, screaming, people running crazy in the streets, you know, pretty much just the the usual. Nobody will even notice the shift of power until the legislature itself realizes the pay checks have stopped coming in, and they are then forced to give up their Learjets and resign from the DC area golf clubs. All this chaos just because some left wing zookeeper thought iPads were soooo cool.

Re:Understanding of Apes... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542970)

Let them roam the school halls with those who are already captive consumers
and see whose learning curve increases the most?

The school idea aside; let's hope any such work doesn't revolutionize the
Orangatang understanding of human behavior.

line from next Planet of the Apes movie (1)

corbettw (214229) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542072)

Get your comments off my blog, you damn dirty ape!

great, hairy, orange apes that go 'ook' a lot (1)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542074)

Harry Knowles has an iPad?

Re:great, hairy, orange apes that go 'ook' a lot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542126)

Actually, chimps and apes do have dialects -- it would be interesting to see if one group adopts the inflections and gesturing of the other, and if so, in what way (utterances, gestures, etc.). Further, will this affect the 'pecking order' of the groups by expanding/extending the tribe?

Any tablet? (1)

ArtemaOne (1300025) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542076)

It is interesting that people attribute these things to the iPad, which is a nice tablet, when Skype has been around a long time, and I run it on my cheapo HP Touchpad all the time.

Finally (4, Funny)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542128)

Apple products found the ideal user market.

Let the flaming begin.

Re:Finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542406)

OK

Couldn't they save some money with an Android Tablet?

You know the study could have been done 2 years ago, but to get the app approved took forever! and then the study ended because the app was pulled!

Did you see that ape go ape Apple!

I wonder how much the app cost?

At least we know they won't be watching any human porn.

Can Apple get a patent on Ape Usage?

New in the app store the Ape App, now you can watch Apes using apps. Actually I wonder if they will do this let people view what the apes are doing.

Re:Finally (4, Funny)

AresTheImpaler (570208) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542458)

- AresTheImpaler reads Haedrian's post
- AresTheImpaler notices his ipad, iphone and mac mini on top of his desk
- AresTheImpaler contemplates the situation
- AresTheImpaler flings poo at Haedrian

Ring Ring Ring Ring... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542158)

Banana phone!

Threat displays (2)

squidflakes (905524) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542160)

I'd like to see what happens. Will one troupe make threat displays against the other troupe, or are they aware that there isn't any real territorial dispute because of the lack of pheromone triggers in the air?

Ooooh, and I wonder if I can get a grant to buy a few pressure-adapted sealed tablets with a floating antennas so I can get some squid-to-squid Skyping going.

Fun Tip! Next time anyone goes to a zoo or aquarium that has an octopus or especially a cuttlefish tank, take a small mirror. Hold it up so the cuttlefish can see itself and watch the fun!

obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542184)

Make them Code monkeys...

Re:obvious (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542574)

Ah thats where the name "java" came from.

I for one... (1)

frenchdude (2534478) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542214)

I for one welcome our ruggedized I-Pad welding, video chatting orangutans overlords :)

great more cheap labour to exploit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542222)

now once they teach em basics they can do all the work and we'll all be unemployed

Experiment already in progress (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542232)

It's called highschool (rimshot).

Hello (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542238)

YES, THIS IS APE.
I AM APE.
APE.



insert lameness-filter filler here...

time for my daily troll. (-1, Troll)

trum4n (982031) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542244)

typical mac users. inb4 shit storm.

I've seen this movie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542254)

Didn't end well for us 'non' apes.

So what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542478)

This isn't original, they've been chatrouletting for years.

I hope the ipad screen made of ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542494)

gorilla glass!

Re:I hope the ipad screen made of ... (1)

fotoguzzi (230256) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542616)

Mod parent up! Thank you, AC, and best wishes for 2012!

Re:I hope the ipad screen made of ... (1)

speculatrix (678524) | more than 2 years ago | (#38543566)

I'm gibbon up on these jokes!

How can they "chat"? (1)

mark-t (151149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542500)

It was my understanding that apes do not possess any actual language.

iPads within a walled garden (1)

Mister Liberty (769145) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542544)

...sure enough, their users must be apes.

XKCD!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542598)

There is *desperate* need for an xkcd cartoon on this topic.

It really seems like this will not give us (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542604)

any extra insight into ape behavior. We already know that apes/chimps learn to use tools from other apes/chimps, this would merely be an extension of that. I seriously doubt they would do much more with the device than click the icon they were taught shows them other apes or gets them to their favorite game.

Re:It really seems like this will not give us (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542612)

I can see this benefiting the animals directly by extending the contact and interaction between themselves and others of the species they do not interact with normally. This could lead to a better quality of life for the animals.

How human of us (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542618)

And this serves what purpose, to demonstrate how behind the times people are? I mean the fact that apes can engage in short bursts of verbal and video garbage is what our society has come to...the pinnacle of mankind? How about an application that allows the apes to select from a variety of feces which have been preloaded into a poop-shooter to fling at the audience members. I bet people would be so enamored that an ape was using modern technology to fling poop at them that even if they were hit they would clap their hands and tell their children how wonderful it was. The apes in their amazement will then use the skype feature to compare pooh-flings vs. pooh-hits and diagram them...clearly this would demonstrate to the other primates that they had a better grasp on the physics of pooh-flinging that their peers. Of course, once the primates learned how to create a bot-net out of their iPads they could launch DoS (Doodies of Substance) attack against people at all zoos...a 24X7 pooh-flinging-party (PFP), but I digress...great job reducing the g"ape"ing chasm between mankind and primates ;)

Shakespeare (1)

Russianspi (1129469) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542638)

I have this sneaking suspicion that no matter how may of them we give iPads to, we won't be seeing them produce Shakespeare's complete works anytime soon.

Rewrite: (1)

fotoguzzi (230256) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542704)

Apple->Apeple
iPad->apePad
app->ape
Skype->Skyape
FaceTime->RedButt

Oh, and thank you to the AC who mentioned Gorilla(R) Glass

Oh Yeh (1)

glorybe (946151) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542736)

Maybe if we can understand orangutans we just might learn to understand republicans.

Sir, that is insulting! (1)

Mister Liberty (769145) | more than 2 years ago | (#38543044)

We on this side of the glass demand and apology!

terms of service? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542752)

how do they agree to the terms of service? do the terms of service even apply to non-human intelligences?
we need to get the ape lawyers involved.

so many opportunities for comments (1)

pbjones (315127) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542754)

I bet that they don't get to watch any Planet of the Apes video. Do video ratings apply to apes? (under 15s must be accompanied by their keeper) A devise so simple that an Ape can use it, meanwhile many DVD/VCR clocks still flash 12:00. Given that the iPads have cameras and video editing software, will we see a Youtube called The Ape Escape? 1000's are hungry in many parts of the world, and we find the money to fund iPads for apes, WTF?

I'm sure there's a snarky comment in there... (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542876)

Yeah, I see that every... the coffee shop is full of... eesh, I can't do it. Too easy.

Librarians (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 2 years ago | (#38542950)

Will "The Librarian" be included? He might take it amiss if he's excluded.

this is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38542982)

a dangerous development, foolish sapiens!

Not good enough (1)

markdavis (642305) | more than 2 years ago | (#38543052)

Hmm, ipads for are Apes. They are used to being walled. I guess Apes are not good enough to get Android tablets :)

(Sorry, just couldn't resist. Comedy? OK, I will keep my day job in tech).

Actually... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38543072)

This was the true beginning of planet of the apes.

This can't happen on Android (2)

KingofSpades (874684) | more than 2 years ago | (#38543168)

From the Android OS API reference:
isUserAMonkey () [android.com] : returns "true" if the user interface is currently being messed with by a monkey.

Does it mean that this function call does not exist on iOS ?

Haven't they seen Planet of the Apes??? (1)

goldil0x (1096663) | more than 2 years ago | (#38543218)

They're one step closer to taking over....

or our own (1)

NuclearCat (899738) | more than 2 years ago | (#38543260)

>It might seem like folly, but putting (ruggedized!) iPads into the hands of apes could really revolutionize our understanding of great ape behavior.
Or... our own.

What a silly, stupid, ignorant article (1)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 2 years ago | (#38543280)

This has to be one of the dumbest articles -- and by dumb, I mean written by an ignorant and stupid person -- that has ever been posted to Slashdot.

Really? Has it really been established that orangutans "go ook a lot"? Is that one of their defining characteristics?

I find it strange that the same article would go on to explain that orangutans are intelligent, inquisitive, and self-aware -- miming things that orangutan researchers might say, while ignoring what those adjectives actually mean -- and then say something as utterly stupid as "someone should make an iOok app!"

How nice of them to include an image of an orangutan holding an iPad -- which was obviously Photoshopped, because the video quite clearly states that the researchers haven't got to the point of letting the orangutans hold the iPad, because they are powerful animals and would probably "destroy it in an instant."

Then, after attempting, in his semi-literate, grade-school manner, to write an article about orangutan research, he concludes by posting a video of an ape researcher with a gorilla, explaining that "it comes off as a little bit creepy." Amazing. Thanks for your contributions to human learning, you drooling fucking moron.

P.S. I'm particularly interested in how orangutans would react to Skype, given that in the wild, orangutans tend to be solitary.

Faith in Humanity (1)

Tyr07 (2300912) | more than 2 years ago | (#38543432)

If we can do it, they can.

I bet they can also do it without cyber bullying and causing suicides too.

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